November 20, 2015
Many of us like to think of the holidays as a time of family and togetherness, but when a family member is abusing alcohol or drugs, the holidays can become a time of struggle and stress.
According to Rachel Obafemi, Program Director of Adult Services at Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers in Lake Villa, stress levels tend to run high during the holidays and substance abuse becomes more prevalent. This serves to amplify negative behaviors.
“Many families who are dealing with a loved one suffering from an alcohol or drug dependency have learned to dread the holiday season,” Rachel said.
If this sounds familiar, the greatest gift an individual can receive is help understanding their options for participating in an alcohol or drug treatment program over the holidays.
5 Key Benefits of Drug & Alcohol Treatment Around the Holidays
1 Temptation.The holiday atmosphere is conducive to over-indulging. This makes it more important than ever to seek the support and structure needed to remain sober.
2 Statistics.There is a higher incidence of drunk driving arrests as well as fatal accidents and overdoses during the holiday season. Being in treatment offers a safe environment.
3 Communication. Being sober facilitates healthy exchanges with family members who may have been hurt or part of a destructive cycle in the past.
4 Practical. During this time of year, many people have already met their insurance deductibles and some find it easier to take time off of work or school.
5 Reset. This may be the first of many holidays where a person has remained sober, giving them the chance to begin a new tradition of sobriety.
While it may seem harsh on the surface, a closer look reveals there are many benefits of participating in a substance abuse treatment program during the holidays.
With their loved one in treatment, families are able to find peace around the holidays.“Many families find it comforting to know their loved one is in a good place. They view their loved one’s treatment experience as as a new start and look forward to celebrating the holidays together where everyone is safe, sober and happy,” Rachel said.
For more information, visit RecoverGateway.org